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The Resource Analogies at war : Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam decisions of 1965, Yuen Foong Khong

Analogies at war : Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam decisions of 1965, Yuen Foong Khong

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Analogies at war : Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam decisions of 1965
Title
Analogies at war
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Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam decisions of 1965
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Yuen Foong Khong
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eng
Summary
From World War I to Operation Desert Storm, American policymakers have repeatedly invoked the "lessons of history" as they contemplated taking their nation to war. Do these historical analogies actually shape policy, or are they primarily tools of political justification? Yuen Foong Khong argues that leaders use analogies not merely to justify policies but also to perform specific cognitive and information-processing tasks essential to political decision-making. Khong identifies what these tasks are and shows how they can be used to explain the U.S. decision to intervene in Vietnam. Relying on interviews with senior officials and on recently declassified documents, the author demonstrates with a precision not attained by previous studies that the three most important analogies of the Vietnam era--Korea, Munich, and Dien Bien Phu--can account for America's Vietnam choices. A special contribution is the author's use of cognitive social psychology to support his argument about how humans analogize and to explain why policymakers often use analogies poorly.--
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1956-
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Khong, Yuen Foong
Dewey number
959.7043373
Illustrations
illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • International relations
  • United States
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Analogies at war : Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam decisions of 1965, Yuen Foong Khong
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-277) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
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text
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rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17613498
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 286 pages
Isbn
9780691025353
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)24503858
Label
Analogies at war : Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam decisions of 1965, Yuen Foong Khong
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17613498
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 286 pages
Isbn
9780691025353
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)24503858

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